Ray Felix, "Jim", 2008, archival inkjet print, edition of 10, 16x16"

Ray Felix, “Jim”, 2008, archival inkjet print, edition of 10, 16×16″

Ray Felix

(SUNY Albany – Graduate Program)

Photography has the embedded ability to capture, hold onto and linger over a moment – a point in time – that is unique to its very mechanism. The photographic object, of that fleeting moment, invokes a sense of memory and yet the ability to suspend and repeatedly experience that image signifies some sense of proof of its existence and indicates the endless passing of time.

With this current body of work, I have begun photographing people, places and things that I come across and am compelled to stare at and contemplate. While I find an uncanny sense of joy and wonder in finding things that I am drawn to photograph, I am recognizing that there is an implicit compulsion within me to photograph. This need is inextricably linked to holding onto a memory and the ability to prove or witness the reality of something in the world. Although these images do stand as documents in some ways, this work has become a kind of visual diary where they begin to reveal underpinnings of myself and the world in which I live.

Ray Felix is a photographic and multimedia artist and graduate student at SUNY Albany. Ray was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA and received his BFA in Painting and Photography from Maryland Institute College of Art in Baltimore, MD. Felix moved to the Capital Region to work for a photography studio and has worked with a number of photographers and artists in their commercial and fine art pursuits. He has been exhibiting in both solo and group shows throughout the East Coast. Ray currently lives and works in Troy, NY.